Alaskan Orthodoxy & the Mission to Hoonah and Angoon

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church is in a unique place as an Orthodox community and a center of the Alaskan Mission among the Tlingit people. Founded at the initiative of the local Tlingit population, we have always been home to Orthodox people of all kinds and, due to travel logistics in Southeast Alaska, our priest is often called to support the Tlingit villages of Hoonah, and Angoon.

These churches are in small, low income villages and do not have a full-time priest to minister to their needs. 

Since there are no roads between Juneau and these island villages, travel can get expensive and we need your help to help our priests travel regularly to the villages.

Please consider a donation to help this important ministry.

St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church

The Mission to Angoon, Alaska

The parish of St. John was originally the mission in the village of Killisnoo, Alaska. When the village of Killisnoo burned in 1927, taking the church of St. Andrew the First-Called and the spiritual home of the Orthodox population with it, the parishioners relocated to Angoon, Alaska where they built their current building over the course if 1928-1929. 

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St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church

The Mission to Hoonah, Alaska

The mission in Hoonah was founded in 1897 when 14 leading Tlingit families donated land for the construction of a Church, the parish of St. Nicholas in Hoonah Alaska is located in the largest Tlingit Village in the Southeast and has been a mainstay of Orthodoxy in The Sitka deanery for most of its existence.

Further Reading on the Alaskan Mission:

Oleksa, Michael. Orthodox Alaska: A Theology of Mission. Crestwood, N.Y.: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1998. 

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